I guess a few elements has made me upgrade them to the five star group
- Having a partner makes well-written love songs far more personally resonant rather than some sort of fantastical hypothetical imaginative construct that I viewed it previously. Before I could imagine that the songs could potentially accurately reflect those emotions. Now I know it accurately reflects those emotions. The Beach Boys are great music to listen to with your partner.
- My taste towards pop/rock music has refocused back towards solid songwriting craftmanship instead of art rock sophistocation even since I become a fan of classical music. The Beach Boys songwriting is perhaps only second to The Beatles in terms of pop music.
- I'm currently constructing a greatest songs of all time list. Having like multiple Beach Boys songs in the list makes it seem absurd for them not to be rated 5 star artist. In particular having like 3 songs from Sunflower in the Top 100 while at the same time liking/loving every track on the album makes me think that the only reason why I didn't previously give it a Hex 10 is due to lack of reputation as a masterwork rather than an accurate reflection of my personal taste. Oh well looks like Adrian Denning would be happy with my upgrade
Anyway Beach Boys is a five star artist. Sunflower is my favourite album with a Hex 10. Pet Sounds is a Hex F (the two instrumentals downgrade it below Sunflower). Smile and Today are Hex E albums
Makes this a fairly solid 5 star group.
Also if you notice my previous spinning, you'll probaby saw a lot of 50's rock and roll which for the first time is clicking on me.
Buddy Holly is a new entry in the 3 star artist. Goddamn his two main albums are masterwork pop writing. Both of them a solid Hex D. It's such a massive shame that he passed away so young as he seems the most well-equipped of the 50's rockers to thrive in the 60's due to him having the fundamental songwriting chops and his already present eclecticism (such as celesta in Every Day) that could have been developed in the 60's.
Also Jerry Lee Lewis Live At the star Club is an extraordinary live album. What a great energetic performer he is. one of the great rock vocalist and his piano playing kicks more arse than every guitarist in the 1950's. Perhaps the greatest performer I have ever heard